After a long wait, I finally got to eat at Kharjurho last night, and I was more than dissapointed.
Upon our entrance, I found the restaurant dirty. The floors were covered in pieces of food, which had clearly not been cleaned for days. Our table had spills on it - our tablecloth clearly had not been changed from the people before us. Nonetheless, I wanted to give the restaurant a chance - if the food is good enough and cheap enough I can ignore the ambiance...
But it wasn't cheap and it wasn't good. The menu was large and interesting, but the prices had clearly been rising. Little stickers next to the dishes made clear the rise in cost, my vegetarian dish was $11, which I would be happy to pay for a good dish. When the server came over to place our order, he kept trying to upsell us. All we wanted were entrees, but he tried to push drinks (I'm not paying $4 for a small mango lasee) and appetizers. He seemed openly annoyed we weren't getting more.
Our dishes arrived promptly, carried by a sniffling man who was trying to hold his nose as not to sneeze on our food, but he did manage to push his fingers into our dishes. My stomach was churning.
My date's lamb dish looked grey and dry. My Malai Kofte tasted like canned tomato sauce and cream. We ordered nan to go along with our dishes and our server warned us that the $3 nan was only one piece, so I was forced to order 2 for both of us. The nan was sadly the best part of the meal.
At the end of the meal, our glasses empty of water for quite a while, our server tried to push dessert and gave us our check.
I am really sorry to have been so dissapointed by our meal. I had heard such good things about this place on the board. Honestly, I would rather spend $5 at Minar Palace for a better, cleaner meal.
I won't return.